Gender in  Health

SGBV are pervasive problems in Tanzania which disproportionately affects women and children at different magnitude, in local geographies. The problem is driven by the negative social norms enshrined in local traditions, values and religious beliefs. More than one third of Tanzanian women reports to have ever experienced gender-based violence in their life time. Sexual violence  among  male and female children is also not uncommon in Tanzania where 3 out 10 male children and 7 out 10  children report to have been sexually violated.

Sexual and Gender –based violence has a long historical pattern in Tanzania. Cultural practices that subjects women biased family decisions still have a foothold in the society. In worse situations, physical violence like beating up of wives as a form of discipline in some cultures is perceived as legal or necessary. The government has made significant strides in enacting laws that have helped to strengthen the rights of women and children. HPON Together with our partners have embarked on initiatives aimed to educate and sensitize the society to shun these ideologies. Our projects with our partners focus on:

  • Community mobilization to undertake Gender Violence initiatives
  • Provision of technical support services to relevant partners spanning from the government of Tanzania to implementing partners in Tanzania.
  • Supporting like-minded efforts and movements  from grassroot level.


Gender based Violence and Violence Against Children Mapping of Key Stakeholders, including a needs assessment for  32 health facilities in 10 regions of Tanzania


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